I am a planner and I consider myself a very organized person. My calendars, both paper and electronic, are filled with activities and appointments for myself and my family. I have electronic "sticky notes" pasted on my desktop to remind me of all of those appointments listed in and on my calendars. Siri, my iPhone's "intelligent personal assistant", has lately become more of a full-time employee of mine, sending me constant reminders of all our activities and things that need to be done.
I know that all of my planning and organizing does help me and my family get to everything on time. I do, however, enjoy those times that planning and scheduling aren't part of my day. For example, when I'm on vacation with my family. It feels great to realize that it really doesn't matter what time it is. It doesn't matter whether we do "x" before we do "y." We can just do as we wish, when we wish. That relaxing, free feeling is something that doesn't happen easily with me. What can I say? I'm a planner, I plan.
So on the ordinary day, when plans change and we can do something different, I find it liberating to just be spontaneous. To bring back that "on vacation feel." And boy does my nine year old love it when I'm this way. I see the excitement in his eyes and the big grin on his face. Who wouldn't love to be at my house today? We're roasting over-sized marshmallows and making 'smores on a fire-pit in the middle of a weekday afternoon!
The definition of spontaneous is "of a person having an open, natural, and uninhibited manner." Just reading that feels liberating! When we are being spontaneous we are happy and relaxed. These moments are usually remembered fondly. When I think back to my childhood memories, some of my favorite ones are of those spur of the moment events. Of doing something fun and unexpected - of being spontaneous. I definitely hope my children have some of those same kind of memories.
With the more carefree days of summer upon us I hope to have the chance for more spontaneous moments. I want that vacation feel more often. I want to see my sons eyes light up with excitement. I really will try. But I will resist the urge to schedule my next spontaneous day! :)
Are you a planner like me? Is it easy for you to be spontaneous? Share with us some of the fun and relaxing things you've done in a spontaneous moment. Post your photos of those moments on our Focusing On Life flickr page. And don't forget that this month's theme is "Attraction to Abstraction." Do you have great abstract photos? Be sure to post them as well on our flickr page. Label them ATA to be considered for our INFOCUS selections this month. We can't wait to see them!